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Next Generation Disposable Medical Products

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According to research, the demand for disposable medical supplies in the United States is expected to rise 4.2 percent each year, reaching $54.1 billion by the year 2020. Traditionally, the medical textile and medical nonwovens industry has been focused on quality, usability, and compliance to meet health and safety standards. However, in addition to growing demand is the increase in environmental concerns. It is no surprise then that the industry is experiencing an increased interest in cost-efficient “green” materials and processes.

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Polymer Basics for Polyamides


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Polyamides are polymers in which the repeating units are held together by amide links. They are more commonly referred to as nylons, and the specific nomenclature for the type of nylon derives from the amount of carbon atoms contained within the molecule. They combine flexibility, hardness, toughness, and resistance to warping all into one material. Polyamides are used in surgical instruments, sutures, and catheters.
 
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Sustainable Barriers in the Medical Industry

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With the medical and pharmaceutical industries facing compounded challenges when it comes to corporate social responsibility, the transition to environmentally sustainable product and packaging materials is a slowly growing trend. And while eco-conscious efforts have gained ground over the past ten years, progress toward more efficient use of resources continues to be hindered by production regulation, cost, and availability.

 

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Polymer Basics for High Temperature Thermoplastics


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High temperature thermoplastics are characterized by their high heat resistance (>200 °C), strength, long-term durability, and biocompatibility. In their molecular structure, it is the use of rigid aromatic rings that yields their temperature resistance. These are used in many medical applications including dialysis membranes, surgical forceps, and implantable devices.
 
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Polymer Basics for Fluoropolymers


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Fluoropolymers are amorphous or semicrystalline fluorine-containing polymers. Due to the very strong, polar bond of carbon and fluorine, fluoropolymers have low surface energy, a low coefficient of friction, and are water repellent. In addition, these materials have a high chemical resistance, have excellent dielectric properties, and are biocompatible. They are used in medical applications ranging from flexible tubing to catheters.
 
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